One constant on the mission field is that things are always changing. Team mates are coming and going. New ones join, others leave. New roads and building. New villages and churches. New ideas and cultural norms. All this newness can bring excitement, progress, and hope. It can also mean having to say good-bye, having to adjust.
Changes happens everywhere, to everyone. For us, it seems ever since we’ve arrived in Cambodia back in 2010, there’s been a constant flow of change. One most recent and important change is that of leadership.
Our former team leader has become the Regional Director of SE Asia. While he continues to oversee the church planting work being done in Cambodia, he will focus his attention on some of the other nations in SE Asia. Who then is our new team leader?
PAUL LEE & ALBERT SHIM
This has just been just one of the major changes. A few families have left our team or returned to the States. A few have joined. With the addition of new people, our team has entered the research and planning stages of how to get involved in trafficking and BAM (Business as Missions) as a church planting team; how we can encourage the Church in these areas.
Two direct ways these changes has affected Susan is she is now the short-term teams coordinator and is involved with the trafficking research. All this has called for flexibility, adaptability, humility, patience and…lots and lots of meetings.
- Paul – Pray for wisdom and humility as he leads the team in the midst of the many changes and growth of our team. Pray that he would be reliant on the power of the Holy Spirit and on his fellow teammates.
- Susan – Pray that God would give her wisdom and humility as she gets more involved with ministry. She is learning how to balance her responsibilities as a homeschooling mom and wife with the different ministry involvement. Pray that she would find her complete confidence in Christ alone but resist any temptation to find her worth and identity in anything less than Christ.
- Our Team – Pray for spiritual protection; that we would be united and bear the fruit of the Spirit with one another. Many of us have been battling loneliness, fatigue, and illnesses (one teammate in her 30′s just recovered from the shingles!). Pray that, whether in need or in plenty, we’d be drawn to our Lord, our true strength.